2017 marks an exciting milestone for Fieldwork! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year with Soundwork - an exhibition of 6 new installations that incorporate sound. We hope you will journey out this season with friends and family to experience the diverse ways that artists think about, and use sound in their creative work at Fieldwork.

 

Soundwork: Opens Saturday, May 13. 2-5pm.

An afternoon of artists' talks, a tour, performances and workshops.

INSTALLATIONS BY:

Mixed Metaphors (Jesse Stewart & Matt Edwards)

Hilary Martin & Ranjit Bhatnagar

Annette Hegel & Deborah Margo

Matt Rogalsky & Laura Cameron

Doug Van Nort

Nicola Oddy

 

Schedule:

2pm - Opening remarks. Artist introductions

2:30 - Singwalk (with Diana Smith for Nicola Oddy)

3:00 - Listening workshop (with Doug Van Nort)

3:30 - Castorimba Performance (with Gayle Young, Reinhard Reitzenstein)

4:00 - Performance of Erratic Grass (with Mixed Metaphors - Jesse Stewart and Matt Edwards)

4:30 - refreshments/wrap up

 

Explore art in nature along our field and forest trails. Fieldwork is open to the public all year long, free of charge. This exhibiton as well as many ongoing installations from previous years are yours to discover.

 

More information about this year's installations will be posted on the website and on our social media channels in the coming weeks so please follow us and share our pages with your friends.  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

  

Fieldwork has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council since 2008.  We also rely on the generosity of our supporters. We appreciate donations of any size.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss donating.


 

ABOUT US:

Fieldwork  is open to the public daily, all year and free of charge.  Just park and walk.
Note: Please remember that it is a natural setting and there are bugs (including ticks).  Be sure to dress accordingly and cover up.
Directions to the project are
here.

Since its inception in 2008, Fieldwork has been run by a team of artists (The Collective) that volunteer their time and energy to make Fieldwork a vibrant and dynamic destination for the creation and experience of site-specific artwork in and around a field in eastern Ontario, close to the towns of Perth and Maberly.

Fieldwork hosts work by local, national and international artists at various stages of their careers and invites the public to visit and explore the artwork all year long. 

The Collective looks after the site, co-ordinates and promotes projects, shares administrative duties and makes joint curatorial decisions. From time to time the Collective members also create their own Fieldwork installations.

The Fieldwork Collective welcomes proposals from interested artists and circulates a public call for proposals annually in January.  Suggestions and proposals for events or workshops are also welcomed from the local community, schools and arts organizations that are interested in fostering connections, dialogue and creative action between people, art, and nature. Please contact us at fieldworkproject@gmail.com

More information on current and past installations can be found by scrolling down this page and/or by looking in the archives in the right hand menu.  Be sure to also check out additional photos of the installations - found in the galleries located in the right hand menu.

susie osler - Mar 28, 2017

When creating art, it makes a difference having access to the right tools and materials, specially when constructing large scale sculpture, installation or land art. This very known fact became increasingly apparent at my recent fieldwork residency, where I had the fortune to have full access to Susie Osler and Cam Gray’s ceramic and wood shops. The objective? to develop a series of what I’m calling ‘wearable sculptures’: life-sized sculptural forms designed to frame, reflect, surround or shelter the human body.

Having the playground set (an open field and the workshops), it was just a matter of finding the most abundant, free materials available in the area. In recent projects, three things have become very important to me: to not generate but use waste, source all my materials locally, and use as little monetary funds as possible. After a couple of days of walking around scoping the site, my main material became obvious: discarded wood (leftovers from construction projects, fallen branches, and pine slabwood from a neighbor’s sawmill). To my delight, all of them had a different and fascinating quality: red pine bark that looked like pink salmon scales; white pine knots that suggested golden-tanned skin; twisty sumac branches that turned silvery against the zenit sun. The other materials just fell into place to either contrast or compliment the wood: natural and olive-green glazed ceramics, as well as gold and silver colored metal mesh.

Once I had the materials, tools, and conceptual drawings in place came the hard part: working efficiently to match what my imagination had concocted. I have to say that it was definitely a challenge, not only because it was the first time I worked with such media, but mainly because of the high temperatures and abundant insects that come included in the package of working outdoors in summer. And you would think these would barely tickle a Mexican! but here’s where stereotypes always fall short. Due to Ontario’s recent drought and bat disease (which increased temperatures and insect numbers considerably), I counted on four ‘workable’ hours in the morning (7 to 11 am) and three in the evening (5 to 8 pm), since drilling and hammering in full sun while being attacked by giant flies and mosquitoes is neither healthy nor fun. So having Susie and Cam’s cool abode nearby where to ‘recharge batteries’ was a real life-saver.

The most valuable aspect of the project for me? I would say having the space and time to create…creative freedom and production support in an inspiring setting. We need programs like fieldwork to create art. We cannot talk about art, conceptualize art, teach art, sell art, if there’s none in existence! In our current increasingly conceptual phase of art, I cannot steer away from my deep love towards physicality (of the human body, materials and environments). And physicality only exists in space and time, so cheers to that!

susie osler - Aug 1, 2012
fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence, workshop

At the beginning of May (2012) fieldwork  organized and hosted a workshop with local fencebuilder Scott Dobson.  Scott, a master in heritage fence-building (as well as creative rail sculptures) has been building gorgeous fences across Ontario for years.  He gave us a good day's worth of guidance while we built the sheep fence that now surrounds the parking area at fieldwork.  The day began with a talk from Eugene Fytch (pictured below) who has been studying the history of  Lanark county fences for many decades (and also has several books on the subject). It was a great day and what an addition to the site!  Many thanks to all the (18) participants - young and old - who came to help out and learn some solid fencing techniques.

susie osler - Jun 15, 2012
fieldwork- land art-meneley, osler, pendl
fieldwork- part lot 18 - susie osler 2012
fieldwork - barbara Meneley - landmarks

A few images of the latest installations at fieldwork.  Top image shows part of all three - Red nesting boxes are part of Sylvia Pendl's Old Brooke Rd. Old Field, the hanging birch pieces made from birchbark are part of Barbara Meneley's Landmarks, and the timber frame barn structure is Susie Osler's Part Lot 18, Concession 6 and will continue to accumulate and explore the history of the site in the months to come.

The opening a couple of weeks ago was a wonderful day that included the raising of the timber frame (with the participation of many wonderful hands), and the celebration of some wonderful new installations that explore the nature, feeling, and history of this place.

More photos and descriptions will be coming in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!  And please come and visit!

susie osler - Jun 12, 2012
fieldwork, sylvia pendl, old brooke road old field: an incomplete field guide
fieldwork, sylvia pendl, old brooke road old field: an incomplete field guide

 

How we perceive our places and landscape, including place names, informs how we perceive ourselves as a culture and what we value. What appears to be an undifferentiated old agricultural field, sitting quietly on Old Brooke Road in Maberley, Ontario, is a precise arrangement of named plants, animals and relationships. The self-guided Field Tour  (via interpretive nesting boxes) will guide visitors to corresponding experiences about the inter-relatedness and importance of this field to the world beyond the field. The Old Brooke Field becomes activated through this intervention by being a centre point that radiates out to the larger region, not a boundary but to other centers and connections, coming back and going out again. 

sylvia pendl - Jun 11, 2012

Scrag-ends liven up a rainy weekend at the New Art Festival, June 2 and 3, 2012

fieldwork at NAF

Each year the fieldwork collective participates in Ottawa's New Art Festival (NAF) as a community arts group, and the collective uses the opportunity to promote the fieldwork project as well as encourage participation in environmental art through our community outreach activites.  For 2012 we took Scrage-ends, the 2011 installation by Jennifer Ryder-Jones, and installed them at the festival site, and we encouraged visitors to NAF to make their own scrag-end at the fieldwork booth.  Chris Grosset and Erin Robertson loaded a table with strips of bark, string, wire, fabric and other odd items.  It didn't take long for people to find our booth and get to work. 

busy fieldworkers

Families, children, adults and artists from some of the other booths made dozens of little scrage-ends to either take home, or to hang on a clothsline so that other visitors to NAF could take home a creation. 

One of the very first scrag-ends was this incredible bird, created by a young woman named Rachelle who is visiting Ottawa from Manitoba as a volunteer for Katimavik.  Her piece, seen here in progress, got our weekend off to a great start.  Despite the rain, the fieldwork booth was once again a bright spot at NAF .  Thank you to the festival organizers for inviting us back to NAF, and thank you to all of the participants in the scrag-end project.

Rachelle's scrag-end bird

chris grosset - Jun 7, 2012
fieldwork, knight rides across canada

fieldwork got a visit from a Knight (Vincent) and his horse Coeur du Lion in May.  The pair were en route across Canada (from Quebec) - a long pilgrimmage to essentially spread good will.  They created a bit of a buzz around here to be sure....  It was great to have them stay for the night across the road with us!  A very winning pair that looked quite at home in the field!

susie osler - Jun 1, 2012